April 2, 2005

John Gorka

John Gorka
One of the Lucky Ones !

JOHN GORKA ohn Gorka is the energizer bunny of singer/songwriters. He just keeps going and going. He's declared "My favorite thing about this kind of life is the people I've gotten to meet and know and work with over the years. I feel like one of the lucky ones."

New Folk hero when he first broke through in the late 1980s, John Gorka's solid reputation rests on the great warmth of his mellow baritone and live performances. His songs can also be evocatively beautiful.

here's an attractive intimacy not only in the small moments of which he sings, but also in the sincere way in which he presents them. His music is hummable acoustic pop, but his favorite themes reflect the troubadour's heart: freedom, faith, the environment and social justice.

hile some songwriters create great melodies, Gorka's forté is his lyrics; the clever wordplay makes you think while you're tapping your feet.

ohn is an intelligent songwriter with a rich palate of styles. He tends to keep his songs simple and to make observations that are characterized by subtlety rather than polemic outrage. He sings about clever, slice of life situations and creates snapshot stories grounded in both poetry and reality. John's solid reputation rests on the great warmth of his mellow voice and live performances.

ohn's reputation brought in a full house of his fans. He did not disappoint; he gave us a wide range of his songs and a wider range of his quirky stories and introductions. Of particular note were the very private renditions of Trouble and Care and War Makes War, heart-warming and never to be forgotten.

Link to John's web site with downloadable music.

Opening for John tonight were our featured open mike performers:

  • Ira Perlman
  • Claude Margouleff
  • Larry Moser & Mary Nagin
  • Gerry McKeveny
  • Alan Michaelson
  • Glen Roethel
  • John Bechhoff
  • Estelle Henrich
  • Steve Robinson
  • Jim Caputo
  • Our host this evening was Ira Perlman. If you weren't here tonight, you missed yet another of the very best programs of the year ...